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About the Author

Laura Lee Gulledge, like Paige, grew up in Virginia and moved to New York. She has worked in art therapy, window decoration, body painting, and event production, among other pursuits. Visit her online at whoislauralee.blogspot.com, where she regularly posts new and in-progress art.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810997215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810997219
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Lee Gulledge crafts stories and illustrations that are thought-provoking, funny, and emotionally resonant. Her debut graphic novel Page by Paige (2011, Abrams Books) was nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey Awards, as well as being the only graphic novel nominated for YALSA's Top Ten Books for Teens in 2012. Her new book Will & Whit was released earlier this year, which she is currently developing as a multi-disciplinary musical for young people. She has also worked as a scenic painter, event producer, and art teacher. Other creative endeavors include collaborative artnerships, installations, street art, body painting, interactive murals, and textile design. She posts new adventures every week on her website: whoislauralee.com

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Littrel on May 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me give you a smidge of disclosure first: I am a 30 year old, white male who enjoys metal music and mixed martial arts.

Why the disclosure? Because I simply loved this book. It is elegant in it's drawings and design, just bursting with creativity in both the presentation of the story and it's characters. I am honestly blown away with how much I enjoyed the artwork in the book, spending a lot of time staring at the same page, picking out all the little details.

Just simply a clever and sweet book, looking forward to reading more from the author in the future. Plus the price is a steal for how much work is poured into this tale.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate Coombs VINE VOICE on August 13, 2011
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You know how hard it is to move and leave your friends behind, especially when you're in high school? In Laura Lee Gulledge's new graphic novel, we meet introspective teen Paige, who has just moved to New York City from Virginia and is struggling to adjust. She is also struggling with her desire to define herself as an artist, and with a lot of self-doubt. This book is her sketchbook, a record of her journey (all done in black and white).

What's really nice is the way Gulledge has Paige mix visual metaphors into her storytelling. For example, when Paige says, "I've been giving myself a lot of pep talks in my head lately," we see in the next drawing that the sign over the steps leading to the high school entrance has "BE AN EXTROVERT" over the doors instead of the school's name. On the next page, as Paige goes up the hall, she sees a hand-lettered sign on the wall by the office reading, "Psst, Paige, You Belong Here." Below, as Paige says, "I tell myself that everyone else feels alone, too," we find a large drawing of a lake with dozens of teens paddling around in very small boats, each isolated though surrounded by others. These images ebb and flow nicely as Paige goes about finding her way in a new place.

The detailed depiction of Paige's worries and self-analysis might strike more confident readers as self-absorption, but I'm guessing many readers will relate to her self-consciousness. Paige's conflicts with her well-meaning but intrusive parents are another plot thread that will feel familiar to a lot of young readers. This relationship is not unrealistically one-note, though: At one point Paige shares a joke and a hug with her dad, and her parents are fairly sympathetic characters as they try to understand how their daughter is doing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alyson Beecher on April 23, 2011
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Page by Paige is the debut graphic novel from Laura Lee Gulledge. According to Gulledge's bio on her website "the story is her journey as an artist and transplant in New York". In the book, Paige is 16 and has moved from VA to NYC with her writer parents. It is a tough time to a teen's life to move and teen readers will resonate with this aspect of the story as well. Despite Paige's many wonderful traits/characteristics, she is filled with myriad of insecurities as well. Through her developing friendships with Gabe, Jules and Longo, as well as with her sketchbook, Paige discovers more about herself and how she fits into the world around her and how others may see her. All of these are themes that will connect with especially female teen readers.

As I read this graphic novel, I was particularly taken with how the illustrations perfectly match the text. Some of the images were just so expressive and vivid which truly moved the text to a new level for me. I immediately wanted to find people around me to share the images. I encourage you to check out the book trailers below just to get a taste of the artwork from the book.

I can't wait to start giving this out as gifts or sharing it with teens that I know. Page by Paige is a wonderful debut by Gulledge and I certainly look forward to future work from her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herb Consumer on May 13, 2013
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I have an almost 11 year old with anxiety disorder. She see's a therapist, and that has been awesome. But this book was inspiring and thought provoking for her. It helped support her own ability to connect what was going on inside her, and has begun more conversations on what she feels, her triggers, and what's happening in her head. She now has her own drawing book to help her deal with her anxiety and social difficulties. It was something we used to do when she was young, but she had let it go, and was opposed to picking it back up. This book reminded her that it was helpful. Thank you, Laura Lee Guledge. This book was a huge gift to our daughter. I will also add that the illustrations are amazing, and tell the story of what's going on inside Paige. Great for ALL girls!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on August 9, 2013
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I ordered this for my nine year old, red headed daughter Paige and she loved it. It was perfect for her! She kept saying what a good artist the author is and showing me pictures. She's asked me to buy her another book by the same author and I will, especially because she isn't always as interested in books as I'd like her to be.
Many kids ask her why she was named after a page in a book which she and I are both annoyed by, so I really loved the title because it made her more proud of her name.
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If Page by Paige is any indication of the quality of graphic novels, then I’ve been missing out by not reading them. The black and white drawings are detailed, creative, and unique. One of my favorite graphics is towards the end of the book. In the first frame, Paige is lying down with leaves growing from her chest. In frame two and three, Paige grows smaller as the flower blooms. In the forth frame, the flower has grown as large as the New York City skyscrapers with the words “My heart didn’t even write a farewell note…It was a goner.” And the words accompany the pictures perfectly. For example, in the middle of the book there’s a picture of Paige with her eyes closed with the words “I think I was born with my eyes facing the wrong way. Because they’re always looking back into my head rather than looking out.” I’m a middle school counselor, and in the fall I’ll be a middle school librarian, and I know my students will fall in love with Page by Paige like I did. Middle school students, especially those that tend to be introverts, (as well as high school students and adults) will be able to relate to Paige’s struggle with self-identity, loneliness, and adolescence in general. I highly recommend!

I had the pleasure of meeting Laura Lee Gulledge, (who reminds me of a firecracker- dynamic, bright, and captivating) at a library event. Her presentation was really interesting- she explained her writing and drawing process and the steps it takes to create a graphic novel, which is incredibly more complicated than a regular novel. She passed out drawings and shared pictures and videos. And she told us about her journey as an artist from Virginia to New York City. I’d love to schedule a school visit with her because I think my middle school students would be inspired by her story and presentation.
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